If media reports are to be believed, the number of people in Scotland and across the UK adopting cycling as their preferred mode of transport has never been higher. Is this because people are becoming increasingly eco-savvy or is it simply the allure of escaping the traffic and burning some calories? The driving force behind this trend is unclear, but one thing is certain – more and more women are embracing cycling as both a sport and a means of getting about.
Are you one of many female cyclists spurred on by the success professional athletes like Dani King, Laura Trott and Victoria Pendleton at the 2012 Olympics? Maybe you ride to and from work every day, race competitively, or haven’t ridden a bike since childhood and have always wanted to get back in the saddle. Well ladies, the Macmillan Cycletta is an opportunity you definitely won’t want to miss. Hear what Victoria has to say about this fantastic fundraising event:
Take part in the Scottish event of these women-only bike rides held across the UK to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Trust. The Scottish event for 2014 will take place in Perthshire on Sunday 5 October, one of country’s prettiest regions, with participants pedaling their way Scone Palace, the original home of the Stone of Destiny.
Regardless of your cycling ability or experience, women of all ages are welcome at Cycletta. The only requirements are enthusiasm, determination make this year’s event the most successful ever and, of course, your own bike. Participants will have four different lengths of route to choose from:
Novice 20km – £23
Classic 40km – £33
Challenge 70km – £37
Macmillan Cycletta 100km – £42
All of the Macmillan Cycletta routes are managed by capable, friendly marshals and take place on quiet roads so participants can feel safe in bringing girls as young as 12 along for the ride. A great opportunity for some mother-daughter bonding! Children between the ages of four and eight – boys included – will also have the chance to get involved at Scootathlon, a mini triathlon where they have to scoot, cycle a lap and then make a final dash towards the finish line. Children will have to bring their own scooter and bike and wear a compulsory helmet.
Riders can take regular pit-stops along the way at well-stocked treat stands and relax and unwind with complimentary spa treatments after crossing the finishing line. Other special extras participants can look forward to include goodie-bags and buzzing event villages where family and friends can keep themselves entertained when they’re not busy cheering from the sidelines.
The entry deadline is 29 September so don’t leave it too late to secure your place as this event is bound to sell-out quickly.
Once you’ve ticked that off your list, it’s time to start thinking about training. With its dedicated National Cycle Network covering thousands of miles, Scotland is a fantastic place to explore on two wheels. Cyclists can choose from routes ranging from city trails and canal paths to rugged tracks that cut across some of Scotland’s most remote and dramatic landscapes. Whether you enjoy leisurely rides through peaceful countryside or prefer seeking out rugged terrain, the network caters for every possible kind of cyclist.
With nine months to go to the big day, there’s plenty of time to plan a cycling holiday around Scotland. Be sure to take lots of snaps of your cycling adventures and share them with us as #brilliantmoments on instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Flickr.